‘Fit in or f*** off’: Star’s 5am bender
SPORTS stars Anthony Mundine, Danny Green and Josh Gibson provided plenty of juicy titbits for viewers in Sunday night's episode of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
From 5am benders before training to getting palmed off by idols because they were more interested in chatting up women, the trio provided an insight into tales from their personal lives that had a profound impact on them.
GIBSON BAKED FOR BENDER
Retired AFL star Gibson was asked who the "rogues" at Hawthorn were and while he was a respected leader in the back end of his career, the three-time premiership player admitted he wasn't always so well behaved.
"My first year at Hawthorn we were allowed to go to the grand prix which was on the Sunday, and I may have gone out until the wee hours of the morning. I must have got home about 5am," Gibson said.
"My bud picked me up for training and I think I'd slept for about an hour. I spent my first hour with the physio who was like, 'You need some chewing gum, you stink.'
"As we were walking into the match review meeting at 4 o'clock (football boss) Mark Evans tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'The Herald Sun are doing an article about you tomorrow, they know you were at (nightclub) Boutique all night.'
"I had the worst anxiety that night trying to sleep ... it was like third page. 'Josh was out partying thinking he was bigger than Elvis.' So (Hawthorn teammate) Campbell Brown called me Elvis the next year."
The week before that episode Gibson had already found himself in strife.
"The worst thing was the week before that I was driving to training on Thursday, our day off, and I was touch and go to make my physio appointment on time so I was in an 80 zone doing about 100 (km/h)," Gibson said.
"I see two cars pull in behind me. That's a cop car, undercover. A cop gets out of the first car. Second car a camera crew get out - they were filming (reality TV show) Highway Patrol."
Coach Alastair Clarkson wasn't having a bar of Gibson's behaviour and delivered a stern warning to the new recruit, who'd made the move from North Melbourne in 2010.
"I was in my first year at Hawthorn and they would have been thinking, 'Why have we got this guy?'" Gibson said.
"Clarko got into me one time in a team meeting. He was like, 'Fit in or f*** off.'
"After that, I was a model citizen."
CHOC LEARNS FROM MASTER BLASTER'S PICK-UP SNUB
Mundine always has time for his fans - a mindset he wanted to adopt after a meeting with West Indian cricket legend Viv Richards.
A cricket lover, Mundine admired the all-conquering Windies team of the 1980s, but lost respect for the Master Blaster after the way he treated an adoring fan.
"I used to love the West Indies in their prime in the '80s. I was 12 and watched them play a one-dayer," Mundine said.
"They were guns, so we went and watched them. I saw Viv Richards talking to a couple of ladies. I went up to him and said, 'Hey, can I get an autograph, man?' And he said, 'Can't you see I'm busy?'
"It cut me a bit as I was walking away. From that moment I thought if I make it, become popular, I'll never turn down anyone, I'll be patient with everybody.
"I know I'm portrayed a certain way, I try to keep it real with everyone.
"Fans are very important. No matter how tired or grumpy you are, these are the kids that make you, look up to you. You just gotta be polite and humble at all times to people."
WHY ALL THE HATE?
Australia's two feuding boxers came face-to-face in the jungle for the first time when Green entered camp a week later than the others and his rivalry with Mundine was immediately renewed.
The pair have fought twice, Mundine winning the first fight and Green squaring the ledger in their rematch in February last year.
After engaging in a mouthy slanging match Green got the better of Choc in the tucker trial, and it didn't take long for fellow stars to question the two on their bitter conflict.
"What you see is what you get," Green said. "I don't know him.
"I've never spent more than two minutes in his presence. We've never been alone, ever.
"It's not really that weird."
Mundine tried to clear the air for everyone when all the contestants were together.
"There might be a bit of tension here for a couple of days but I'm cool with Danny," Mundine said. "I know he's cool with me. It's just that rivalry, you know. I respect him. I know he respects me. So it's all good."
Privately, Mundine was critical of Green's reluctance to meet in the ring for a third time and settle the score in a trilogy.
"All this stuff means nothing. These eating trials and whatever else we want to do - this means nothing," he said.
"You know, the real fight is the ring. Who's the man in the ring?
"He should want it (a third fight).
"Win, lose or draw, you know me, I want to feed our families, give a mad show to the public, finish the trilogy that we've started."